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View More Portland City Council honors Jack Ramsay, Bill Schonely says 'don't get upset' about game 1

May 7, 2014 | The Portland City Council officially signed off on a plan to rename a major road serving the Rose Quarter after Jack Ramsay, the late legendary coach and broadcaster.

Bill Schonely, the legendary Blazers broadcaster, worked with Ramsay for 10 years and attended the 89-year-old's memorial in Florida last week on behalf of the organization.

"I can say without hesitation, throughout his career as a coach, broadcaster, humanitarian and ambassador for the game of basketball and life, that Jack Ramsay loved Portland Oregon," Schonely said, punctuating the last three words in his familiar staccato style well-known to long-time Blazer fans.

Ramsay is the only coach in Trail Blazers history to bring an NBA title back to the Rose City, leading the 1977 squad to the title.

The Trail Blazers asked the city to consider renaming North Winning Way, a road that runs between North Larrabee Avenue and North Williams Avenue just north of the Moda Center, after Ramsay.

Commissioner Steve Novick, who oversees the Bureau of Transportation, said he jumped at the suggestion.

The City Council approved the first step toward renaming the road after Ramsay, adding a cap on existing signs, so that the street will be "North Winning Way-Ramsay Way."

Schonely said the Ramsay family is "humbled and overwhelmed" by the outpouring of support in the past week from Oregonians.

PBOT officials said it should take four-six months to complete the full-blown name change. It's the first street name change since the City Council READ FULL ARTICLE